Liz Harmer’s propulsive novel STRANGE LOOPS has been getting rave reviews and media attention from Quill & Quire, CBC and The Globe & Mail!

Quill & Quire featured a terrific review of STRANGE LOOPS saying:

“For Harmer, author of The Amateurs, this second novel evolves into a chance to reflect darkly on familial bonds. And to study the human animal, here so capable and incapable all at once.”

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STRANGE LOOPS was also included on CBC’s list of 86 works of Canadian fiction to read in the first half of 2023.

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As well as The Globe & Mail’s list of 28 books to cozy up with this winter!

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About the book:

As small children, Francine and her twin Philip shared a seemingly unbreakable bond—but in adolescence the connection frayed, and in adulthood the siblings are locked in a repeating loop of complex, destructive emotions. Matters have reached a breaking point, and Francine, now in her thirties and the married mother of two small boys, is convinced that Philip’s teenaged infatuation with religion and subsequent, ongoing obsession with his sister’s “moral impropriety”—sparked by his discovery of her involvement in a forbidden relationship—are to blame.

As storm clouds of resentment and mutual betrayal gather ominously, threatening to upend both siblings’ lives and damage their families, Francine unexpectedly finds herself in a situation that mirrors her earlier transgression: stirred and unsettled by her attraction to a wildly inappropriate man. And the one person who suspects is the last person she trusts—her disapproving twin.

With the plot twists of a thriller, lean prose crackling with intensity, and big ideas explored alongside the messy truth of human relationships, Strange Loops simultaneously shocks and thrills the reader, all while asking vital questions about faith, love, and desire.

About the author:

Liz Harmer’s stories and essays have been published in The Malahat Review, PRISM, Grain, The New Quarterly, Little Brother and other journals. She won a National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism and was nominated for another NMA, both in 2014. She was longlisted for the CBC short story award and a finalist for a Glimmer Train Prize, and was on the editorial board at echolocation between 2013 and 2015. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where her mentor was Charles Foran. She has also studied with David Bezmozgis, Richard Greene, Robert McGill and Richard Bausch.

Liz is represented by Samantha Haywood.